The Most Influential First Ladies in History

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1) Eleanor Roosevelt (1 of 5)

Eleanor Roosevelt

1) Eleanor Roosevelt (1 of 5)

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Many Americans consider Eleanor Roosevelt to be the most influential and inspiring First Lady in history. She was the wide of Franklin Roosevelt, whom she married in 1905 and used her role to greatly advance causes she took interest in. As First Lady, she fought for civil rights, the rights of women, and New Deal proposals. She was a great advocate for equal opportunities and education, and after the death of her husband joined the board of directors for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).

She was also one of the leaders behind the formation of the United Nations after World War II, and also served as the first chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. She was also behind the drafting of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

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